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Former Tufts official named new chief operating officer

Published: August 24, 2012
Section: News

In one of several changes to his senior staff this summer, President Fred Lawrence last week appointed Steven Manos, who served as executive vice president for 26 years at Tufts University, to be senior vice president and chief operating officer at Brandeis.

“Success to me does not just mean a good bottom line,” Manos said in a university press release last week. “It means working with academic colleagues to create a stronger faculty and to provide a better education for the students.”

After retiring from Tufts, Manos served as a trustee of the Cambridge Health-Alliance and volunteered in Massachusetts district courts, helping to mediate landlord-tenant disputes and small claims cases.

Lawrence praised Manos for his accomplishments at Tufts and experience in the private sector.

“Steve’s wealth of experience and record of accomplishment will be tremendous assets to Brandeis as we begin implementing our vision for the future,” he told BrandeisNOW.

In June, Senior Vice President for Communications Andrew Gully announced he was leaving Brandeis to become senior vice president, worldwide director of communications for Sotheby’s, a global auction firm.

“I will always have a great affection for Brandeis,” Gully told BrandeisNOW earlier this summer. “It was a pleasure to work with so many talented and committed members of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, students, alumni, and the administration and staff—especially my colleagues in Communications. Brandeis is in good hands with President Lawrence now and into what will be an exciting future.”

The university hired Gully following the media controversy that stemmed from the now aborted decision to sell paintings at The Rose Art Museum.

After taking office Jan. 1, 2011, Lawrence had already organized a new senior management team by the start of last academic year, with a new provost, dean, and senior vice president for students and enrollment.

Lawrence announced a search committee in late July chaired by Professor Anita Hill (Heller) and Chief of Staff David Bunis ’83 and comprised of faculty, administrators, trustees, students and staff. The executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates will lead the search.

Earlier in the summer, the university appointed Carolina Figueroa to be associate vice president for students and enrollment. She will manage operations, technology and efficiency, and assist Andrew Flagel in his role as senior vice president for students and enrollment with budget oversight.

Figueroa, who previously served as associate dean of enrollment development and admissions at George Mason University, where Flagel worked before Brandeis as well, will also collaborate with Library and Technology Services head, John Unsworth.